Burton’s builds capability with acquisition of Paterson Arran

Burton’s Biscuit Co. is strengthening its capability and broadening its product portfolio with the acquisition of Paterson Arran, one of Scotland’s leading independent food companies.

The acquisition introduces the Paterson’s shortbread brand into the Burton’s portfolio, along with leading foodservice biscuit and chutney brands, Brontë, Café Brontë and Arran Fine Foods.

Nick Field, Burton’s Biscuit Co.’s CEO, said: “Paterson Arran is a superb business with a first-rate product portfolio and baking expertise which combines time honoured methods with the very latest technology, to make outstanding products.

“The acquisition is a further indication of our intent to increase our production capability, to extend our product offering and to continue growing our presence in the biscuit market.

“The move not only strengthens our branded proposition, Paterson Arran’s strength in foodservice and portion packing also unlocks significant new trading opportunities for our existing product portfolio.

“We’ll be looking to enhance the company’s presence in this sector, building on what is undoubtedly a leading capability in this market.”

Burton’s was advised on the acquisition by Stamford Partners.

Retiring Paterson Arran Chairman Alan Hardie added: “I am honoured to have been at the helm of this great company for the last 25 years and am equally as excited about what the future holds. Paterson Arran and Burton’s have shared values of a commitment to baking excellence and to producing top quality, great-tasting products. Everyone associated with them can be extremely proud.”

In addition to shortbread, Paterson Arran manufactures a selection of biscuits, oatcakes, chutneys, relishes and preserves.

The company employs around 200 people and runs two production facilities: the Royal Burgh Bakery in Livingston, West Lothian, which produces an award-winning range of shortbread, oatcakes, biscuits and cookies and the Old Mill, Lamlash, Isle of Arran, which primarily produces a range of delicious chutneys, mustards and preserves.

The acquisition of Paterson Arran is the second major acquisition by Burton’s this year. In February the company completed the acquisition of premium sweet and savoury biscuit manufacturer, Thomas Fudge’s.

“This latest acquisition highlights that our owners, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, are fully supportive of the journey we are on. They share our deep-rooted commitment to enhancing our baking credentials, to complementing our current portfolio with more top-quality products and to generating excitement in biscuits and the other categories in which Burton’s now has a presence,” said Field.